Muslim clerics removed from plane in handcuffs [VIDEO/AUDIO]


In the video to the right, Imams Omar Shahin and Ahmad Shqeirat describe the events surrounding their ejection from a US Airways flight last week.

Briefly, six imams, ironically returning from a conference "to discuss how to build more bridges with non-Muslims," were removed from a flight in Minneapolis in handcuffs after some passengers had complained of "suspicious behavior." Like praying. One of them was a US Airways "Elite" member.

In anticipation of ethnic profiling the Imams had even notified the Minneapolis Police and the FBI that they were attending the conference but the imams weren't even allowed a statement.

US Airways' statement? Umm, like, sorry. But not really: "We’re sorry the imams had a difficult time. We’re sorry the men had a difficult time, but we do think the crews have to make these calls, and we think they made the right one." Even after they were thoroughly checked out and released by authorities US Airways still refused to book the men a flight.

The transcript and remainder of the interview are available at Democracy Now!.

In the wake of this latest episode of cowardly behavior by American bigots, liberal DC talk show host Jerry Klein ripped the proverbial sheet off a number of heads with his on-air modest proposal to force Muslims to wear crescent armbands or to simply tattoo them.

Listeners, unable to comprehend their own Nazi sympathies, piled on. From Rock Strongo:

"Not only do you tattoo them in the middle of their forehead but you ship them out of this country ... they are here to kill us."
Another said that tattoos, armbands and other identifying markers such as crescent marks on driver's licenses, passports and birth certificates did not go far enough. "What good is identifying them?" he asked. "You have to set up encampments like during World War Two with the Japanese and Germans."

Then, after listening to earnest statements like this for 30 minutes, not to mention at least one caller outraged by the prospect, Klein came clean (I've condensed the show to a 7-minute segment you can listen to or download below the video above. It contains the proposal, a caller, and the revelation...):

"I can't believe any of you are sick enough to have agreed for one second with anything I said. For me to suggest to tattoo marks on people's bodies, have them wear armbands, put a crescent moon on their driver's license on their passport or birth certificate is disgusting. It's beyond disgusting.
Because basically what you just did was show me how the German people allowed what happened to the Jews to happen ... We need to separate them, we need to tattoo their arms, we need to make them wear the yellow Star of David, we need to put them in concentration camps, we basically just need to kill them all because they are dangerous."

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